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Speculation Swirls Around Email Leaks

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Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 11:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

No sooner were the WikiLeaks emails released on the eve of the Democratic National Convention than the speculation started: Was Russia's Vladimir Putin behind the release?

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said as much, telling CNN’s State of the Union: “Sources are saying the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump."

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the Democratic Platform Committee, spoke for many at the Convention Center in Philadelphia on the controversy. When I asked whether he felt Putin was behind release of the WikiLeaks, Cummings simply shrugged and replied: “I have no idea.”

But among those delegates who did have an opinion, Clinton backers generally agreed there might be something to Putin’s role in the latest embarrassment for their candidate.  Sanders supporters were completely dismissive.

“I’d be shocked if that were true,” former Democratic National Chairman Paul Kirk told me, “It just seems too farfetched. It's a distraction from what the facts are — the Democratic National Committee favored Mrs. Clinton over Bernie Sanders.”

Kirk, who was appointed to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2009 following the death of former boss Ted Kennedy, is a Sanders superdelegate.

“There’s a bit of a ‘Red Scare’ here,” said Alex Goff of Nevada, former U.S. Marine and an alternate delegate for Sanders. “Sure, there should be an investigation. But we shouldn’t be talking about it so much.  I feel election — races for nomination and the November election — should be about issues.”

Alex Sink, Clinton supporter and 2010 Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, told me she “wouldn’t rule it out. I’ve been reading how Putin has been helping to fund some of those right-wing parties in Europe.  They are very supportive of him and, look, you’ve got a guy here [Trump] who said just days ago that he might not fully fund NATO.  But we should definitely look at this. Putin is an evil guy.”  

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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